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Visiting Highclere Castle & Downton Abbey From London

How To Visit Highclere Castle From London Independently Plus Tours


Paddington Station London - Departure Point For Trains To Newbury & Highclere Castle

Paddington Station London
Departure Point For Trains To Newbury & Highclere Castle

Visiting Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) From London

The TV series Downton Abbey has been a worldwide success triggering an explosion of interest in people wanting to visit Downton Abbey itself, in real life Highclere Castle.


Highclere Castle is situated about 45 miles (72 kms) west of Central London. The nearest large town of any consequence is called Newbury connected to London by train.


Highclere Castle is only open for between 60 and 70 days each year. Two weeks over Easter, for each of the May Bank holidays, and for two months (Sunday to Thursday) over the summer months, July to September. There are a few special events days but these are rare.


When you purchase your ticket you will need to select an A.M. or P.M admission time. The Castle will open its doors at 10:30am , afternoon admission to the Castle will begins at 1:00pm.


In past years demand hopelessly exceeds supply, you needed to be very organised and plan well in advance to get your hands on the much sought after admission tickets.

However now that the last series of the TV show has been screened perhaps this will change.

Tour companies only get a fraction of the tickets they ideally would like, tour operators 2017 ticket allocations have already been made.

Highclere Castle Tours 2016 / 2017

The 2016 Highclere Castle visitor season finished on September 7th. Apart from a few special event opening days at Highclere Castle the next period when Highclere Castle will be open to the public is Easter 2017.

In the past Highcleer Castle has opened for special events between the standard opening seaason. These tend to be one off themed events for which you may pay a price premium. Tours are normally made available and these where are available you will find as an option in the tours offered below.


Based on 2016 opening times/dates (note these are not confirmed dates and are for indicative purposes only). Although allocations of tickets to tour operators are now being received the official opening dates have not been confirmed as yet. We are expecting 2017 opening dates to be similar to that below, but this is not confirmed information:

Easter – Open from around Sunday 9th April to Thursday 20th April.

Early May Bank Holiday – Sunday 30th April to Tuesday 2nd May.

Spring May Bank Holiday – Sunday 28th May to Tuesday 30th May.

Summer Opening – Sunday 9th July to Thursday 7th September.

Visiting Highclere Castle From London Independently - A Toolkit

Tickets For Highclere Castle

First thing of course is to get some tickets for Highclere.

The only place you can do this is at the official Highclere Castle Web Site, linked below.

Highclere Castle Official Web Site


Highclere By Public Transport From London

Highclere Castle is around 5 miles (8kms) south of Newbury. There is a very limited local bus service (around 4 or 5 buses a day) between Newbury and the village of Highclere. In practise most people will want to take a taxi from Newbury Station taxi rank.

Trains from London's Paddington Station run broadly at hourly frequencies throughout the day to and from Newbury. A taxi from the station forecourt should cost about £15 - £20 in each direction to/from Highclere Castle..

Can I See Highclere Castle From The Public Road Just To Take a Picture?

The short answer is no, unless you have an entrance ticket the nearest public road is far from Highclere Castle itself.

However there are public footpaths through the Highclere Estate as well as some seasonal footpath openings which allow you to catch glimpses of Highclere. Details of these walks are on the main Highclere web-site (link above) or Google “Highclere Castle footpaths”.


Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) Tour Availability From London 2016/2017

Highclere Castle day tours from London are few and far between, normally opening dates are restricted between July and early September and national holidays at Easter and in May.

If you want to visit Highclere on a day tour from London it is not a matter of picking and choosing your tour, it's just grab the tour when available for your dates before it sells out!.

Tour

Dates Available 2016/17

Tour 1:
Oxford and Highclere Castle: The Real Downton Abbey Tour

Dec 10
Apr 8,10,12,13,21
May 2,30
July 10,11,13,17,19,20,24,25,27,30,31
Aug 1-3, 7-10, 14,15,17,20,21,24,27-31
Sep 3-5

Highclere Castle Day Tour From London

Tour 2:
Downton Abbey Filming Locations & Highclere Castle

Dec 12
Apr 13,18,19,20,30
May 1,2,30
July 10-12,17-20,24,31
Aug 7,8,14,17,29,31

Highclere Castle Day Tour From London

Tour 3:
Downton Abbey Filming Locations & Highclere (Small Group)

2017 dates to be advised

Highclere Castle Day Tour From London

Tour 4:
Downton Abbey Filming Locations & Highclere Castle Special Event Day (Small Group)

Oct 13,14,15,16,17,18

Highclere Castle Day Tour From London

Downton Abbey Filming Locations Day Tours From London

Although Highclere Castle is the star of the show, Downton Abbey itself, much of the TV series was shot elsewhere, mostly to the north of Highclere Castle close to Oxford and The Cotswolds

There is a choice of tours with much better availability than the Highclere Castle tours that visit these filming locations and explore the whole Upstairs/Downstairs era.

It should be emphasised that these tours do not visit Highclere Castle, Downton Abbey itself.


There are two Downton Abbey film location tours running with a similar kind of theme, combining visits to the main filming locations of the popular Downton Abbey TV series around Oxford with nearby attractions where you can experience the Upstairs, Downstairs era in which Downton Abbey is set.

Another tour is a 2 day tour with overnight hotel. This combines the Downton Abbey content of the day tours in the above paragraph with the attractions of the most popular day tour from London in terms of number of paying passengers, Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath. You also take in some of the best English countryside in the Cotswolds.


Downton Abbey Film Locations Tour From London
Private Day Tours From London
Most Popular Public Tours From London 2016

With Adult Fares Stated & Links To Tour Detail Pages

Visiting Stonehenge and/or Bath and/or Windsor

Stonehenge Morning Or Afternoon Half Day Tour- £47

Stonehenge & London Day Tour - £49

Windsor Castle Morning Half Day Tour - £39

Windsor Castle & Hampton Court (Apr to Oct) - £87

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (inc Lunch, no adm Roman Baths) - £82

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (No Lunch, inc adm Roman Baths) - £87

Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge (Small Group - Max 16 people) - £129

Stonehenge & Bath (Stonehenge admission only) - 3.5 hrs in Bath - £52

Stonehenge & Bath (Stonehenge & Baths adm) - 3.5 hrs in Bath - £59

Stonehenge & Avebury - £65

Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford - £87

Windsor, Stonehenge & Salisbury - £65

Bath, Stonehenge & Salisbury - £92

Stratford, Cotswolds, Bath & Stonehenge - £98

Visiting Cotswolds and/or Oxford and/or Stratford and/or Warwick

Oxford, Stratford & Warwick Castle - £82

In-depth Cotswolds Only Tour + Lunch - £85

In-depth Cotswolds Only Tour + Lunch (Small Group) - £99

Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & Cotswolds Tour - £76

Stratford, Cotswolds, Bath & Stonehenge - £98

Windsor, Stonehenge & Oxford - £87

Downton Abbey & Blenheim Palace - £129

Visiting Canterbury, Leeds Castle & Dover

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury with river cruise - £82

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury (Small Group Apr - Oct) - £129

Dover Castle, White Cliffs & Canterbury - £65

Special Theme Tours

Stonehenge Special Access (Walk Among Stones) Tours

Downton Abbey + Highclere Castle Tours

Harry Potter Tours

Small Group Tours (Maximum 16 people)

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath - £129

Stonehenge, Glastonbury & Avebury - £129

Salisbury, Stonehenge & Avebury - £129

Lacock, Bath & Stonehenge - £129

In-depth Cotswolds Only Tour + Lunch (Small Group) - £99

Oxford, Cotswolds & Stratford - £129

Leeds Castle, Dover & Canterbury (Apr to Oct) - £129

1,2 & 3 Day Breaks To Paris, Scotland & Amsterdam

Day Trip To Paris - from £155

3 Day Paris - from £249

3 Day Edinburgh & Scotland - from £259

3 Day Amsterdam - from £239


Special Offer Day Tours From London